The Evolution of Digital Art over the Years

Change is inevitable, and evolution is a concept that every being believes in and has witnessed. Similarly, technology has gone through constant change and improvement over the years. Digital art has evolved like its other counterparts and molded itself into its best possible version. It is easy to say that digital art came into existence in the early 1960s; this era is significant as John Whitney helped create the world’s first-ever piece of art on a computer. He is known as the ‘father of computer graphics.’

 Pioneer Digital Artists

1- Frieder Nake: He was a very famous artist and mathematician by profession. After the invention of computers in the 1960s, he combined his mathematical and artistic skills to create art, which was captivating. He made the first-ever attempts to create digital art and benefitted from the connection between a man and a computer. 

2- Leon Harmon and Kenneth .C. Knowlton: Kenneth worked at a research and scientific development company in the 1960s. He, alongside his colleague, started experiments with photo mosaics and created big images from tiny prints. 

3- Allan Kaprow: Allan made significant discoveries while using the principles of telecommunication. In 1969 she made the famous artwork ‘tele-happening.’ Her work is vital as it is based on principles that are an integral part of today’s society.

A Modem Was Developed

With modem development in 1979, signals were transmitted through telephone lines enabling the use of the internet. With the help of internet discovery, artists have now made various masterpieces of digital artwork. 

When Was The Term Digital Art Was Used For The First Time?

For the very first time, the term digital art was used in the 1980s. Engineers developed a program called AARON, which helped a robot draw large paintings on sheets of paper placed on the floor. With the gradual advancements in technology, digital art became computer generated and was drawn with the help of a computer and a mouse. In the 1990s, the videos were downloaded, and the manipulation of the images became possible. 

The Era of Paint Program

From 1980 to 1990, the focus was on using paint programs with scanners and computing programs working together. From 1990 to 2006, the multimedia era began. Artists were able to interact with their audience. 

Recognized Digital Artists

In 1992, Mona Hatoum published remarkable artwork. Rachel Whiteread became a well-recognized digital artist in 1993. With the beginning of the year 2000, animated movies became a top trend. Craig Mullins and Jon Foster are two artists who play a pivotal role in illustrating storyboards for films. 

Sarah Ludey is one of the most famous digital artists of the 21st century. She uses pixels to create her magic. Her work mostly consists of animated gifs.

The First Digital Art program

The first software that allowed the users to draw, paint, and manipulates images was MacPaint. The users were given the ability to use freehand drawing, which made it the most popular software. 


The evolution of art has enabled people to discover how creative they are and to implement their creativity into something useful. Children all over the world enjoy Disney classics like never before. Thanks to 3D and 4D technology, adults, too, enjoy their favorite Disney classics while giving the movie a touch of reality.

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